Saunders’ 1st win delayed
Much was made this weekend about Sam Saunders getting into contention. Arnold Palmer’s grandson started the day three off the lead in search of his first career PGA TOUR win.
Oh yeah, it was also his 30th birthday. Oh yeah, it was also Arnold Palmer day in honor of the King’s first PGA TOUR win at the Canadian Open in 1955.
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The confluence of events had television executives and scribes licking their chops for the Taylor Made, I mean tailor-made, storyline.
He bore the weight of the moment well with a three-under start to his first six holes. He quickly ran out of adrenaline, going without a birdie in his next eight holes en route to falling 15 spots to a tie for 19th.
Still, it’s the third top-20 finish of the season for a guy who hasn’t been able to keep his PGA TOUR card. He jumped up seven spots to No. 136 in the FedEx Cup with a chance to make a playoff push in August. His storybook moment could still be on the way.